As a group, men tend to avoid discussing their health or any concerns they have with anyone, including their doctors. However, putting off physical exams and preventive screens can allow underlying conditions to progress if left untreated. This month we want to take a moment to educate our patients on the importance of men’s health and important considerations if you are a male patient.
What conditions are men at higher risk of developing?
As men age, there are several common conditions that men are at higher risk of developing and they include:
- Colon cancer
- Heart disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Liver disease
- Low testosterone disorders
- Prostate cancer
Though some conditions increase risk with age, it is important to receive regular medical care regardless of how old you are.
How does your lifestyle affect your health?
Certain factors such as genetics and family history can impact your health, but your lifestyle can be the most significant factor in your health. If you smoke, don’t exercise regularly, and eat an unbalanced diet you can increase your risk of developing serious health conditions.
Fortunately, we are here to help lower your risk by offering lifestyle recommendations based on your health. We will work with you to develop a wellness program that fits your lifestyle while addressing your health concerns and needs. Some of our recommendations may include:
- Beginning a well-rounded exercise routine
- Eating a more balanced diet rich in leafy vegetables and lean proteins
- Practicing better stress management
- Reducing alcohol intake and the usage of tobacco products
How often should you have a physical?
Men between the ages of 18-40 should have yearly physicals or medical examinations. These physicals will include preventive screenings for high blood pressure, cholesterol issues, and diabetes. If you are sexually active, you will also be screened for sexually transmitted diseases.
Men over the age of 40 should continue to get annual examinations, though these may be more frequent as they age. In addition to standard screenings, you may undergo a colonoscopy or other additional screenings to check for age-related conditions.
How can you lower your risk?
With annual physicals, routine screenings, and following our recommendations on lifestyle changes, you can successfully manage your health. Regular care also enables us to detect any developing conditions early on, increasing the effectiveness of treatment.
If you are at risk or currently have a health condition that needs attention, we will work with you to find the right treatment plan. Depending on the condition, your treatment may include therapies, medication, surgery, or referrals for a more specialized approach.